Buying a gun? Ruling upholds illegal straw purchases

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that gun buyers must disclose when they're buying a firearm for someone else.

This so-called "straw" purchase happens when someone buys a gun for someone else who is unable or unwilling to purchase a gun. But gun shop employees interviewed by KBOI 2News said they are already on the lookout for these customers.

One of the managers at Impact Guns says he put a stop to a straw purchase just recently when two men came in shopping for a weapon.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an argument from a former Virginia police officer who bought a gun for his uncle but stated that he was the actual buyer. Leroy Graham, assistant manager at Impact Guns, said he isn't going to risk a fine or prison time for a straw sale.

"We are very, very careful to make sure we don't allow an illegal sale," Graham said.

According to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms website, it is still legal to resell your gun or give one as a gift.

"It's OK for a person to buy a gun for somebody and gift it for them," Graham said. "Where we have a problem is when that purchaser is not buying the gun for a gift."